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Summer Party Dishes

Summer Party Dishes

Going to a fourth of July party? Throwing a summer bash yourself? Your healthy eating plans don’t have to be thrown completely out the window. Check out these recipes that are full of flavor, lower in calories, and minimally processed.

Don’t forget to check out our post Low Calorie Happy Hour if you need some guilt free adult beverage options!


Cowboy Caviar

This nutritious and colorful recipe features black eyed peas and black beans with veggies and avocado tossed in a lime & apple cider vinaigrette.

7 Layer Taco Dip

Full of fresh ingredients, this recipe swaps out traditional 7-layer dip ingredients for lighter, more nutritious (yet delicious) options.

Baked Chicken Meatballs

These meatballs are incredibly easy. Here are some of there great features! They are baked, they use one bowl, you can freeze them, no cutting board involved. What more could you want!

Summer Fruit Salad with Mint Lime Dressing

Use any fruit in season or your favorite fruit for this mouth watering, refreshing minty fruit salad .

Red, White, & Blueberry Fro-Yo Bark

This patriotic dessert is a great a low calorie Fourth of July frozen treat!

Grilled Chicken Wings with Carrots and Celery

This twist on the traditional wings + veggies has a mix of sweet and spicy. The picture says it all – YUM.

Grilled Pineapple and Watermelon Fruit Kabobs

If meat and veggies can be grilled, so can pineapple and watermelon! Taste the flavors transform from sweet to smoky, savory with these yummy kabobs.

Lava Pops Ice Pops

Here’s another fun, nutritious homemade frozen treat. Kiddos and adults alike will love these easy ice pops!

To minimize empty calories, sugar intake, and processing, avoid/limit:

  • Hyperpalatable snack foods like Cheez-its and potato chips
  • Processed carbs and heavy starches like breads, pastas, crackers, potato salad
  • Skip liquid sugar and say no to soda!
  • Limit dessert intake and savor the sweets you do eat

Remember – holidays are for spending time with family and friends. Don’t be too hard on yourself! Don’t let the stress of eating ruin your holiday fun. If you “fall off the wagon” for the day, just hop back on the next day!

If you’d like to visit with the WellHealth Worx dietitian for nutrition counseling and health coaching, schedule an appointment on your patient portal or call the clinic at 317-612-3193.